Linn da Quebrada is a black trans woman and singer. In her songs she confronts Brazilian society’s machismo and heteronormative nature. Conversations with her friends and her mother reveal her softer side. Yet personal is always political; discussions of love easily turn into heated debates on racism and poverty.
Every Act of Life is a revealing portrait of the four-time Tony-winning playwright Terrence McNally. The film depicts six decades of theater fame, participation in the struggle for LGBT rights, and overcoming drug and alcohol addictions. A host of Broadway divas and stars share their memories of the legendary writer.
Miss Rosewood is the most outrageous performance artist today. She is a tall, imposing trans woman, yet is also a very sensitive and touching person, the kind of actor who lives for her art. Director Helle Jensen introduces us to the artist, her ex-wife, father, brother, colleagues, and plastic surgeon.
Hussein is a 24-year-old Syrian refugee living in Istanbul. He keeps a major secret from his family: he is gay. To raise awareness within Syrian circles, Hussein decides to participate in the Mr. Gay Syria contest, and wins. Will he secure a visa to attend the international competition in Malta?
Rio de Janeiro is the city of dreams and nightmares. Director Evangelia Kranioti studies local queer culture, which only penetrates into mainstream society during the city’s famous carnival. Only then do the margins take part in the celebration, which has also become a public protest against the government.
In the 1980’s, dissatisfaction with bourgeois aspects of LGBT liberation and with the overt masculinity of the Punk scene gave rise to Queercore. With an artist’s hand and at dazzling speed, Leyser describe the anarchist struggle that, for a single historic moment, saw punk and gay culture embrace each other.
Films about the 1980’s AIDS epidemic focus on large cities; Silent Heroes tells the story of Dr. Kristen Ries and her partner, Maggie Snyder, who helped more than a thousand people in deeply-conservative Salt Lake City. The film features archive material alongside interviews with patients and with the two heroines.